Emergency repairs are expected to start this week at the bridge that carries Route 6/Route 19 over French Creek in Woodcock Township, Crawford County.
The steel truss bridge has been closed since January 16, 2019, when it was hit and damaged by an over-height vehicle.
An emergency contract is now in place and work is expected to begin by February 28, 2019. Work will include repairs to the bridge portal, two upper sway bracing members, and four vertical truss members, as well as the removal of two non-structural lower sway brace members.
The work should be complete, and the bridge reopened by April 9, 2019.
Once work is underway, the marked detour will use Interstate 79 and Route 198.
The bridge was built in 1937 and is used by approximately 7,000 vehicles daily. It is classified as poor condition.
The contractor is Advantage Steel and Construction, LLC of Saxonburg, PA. The contract cost is $397,650.
PennDOT urges motorists to slow down when driving in work zones, and also to be alert to changing conditions, avoid distractions and to pay attention to signs and flaggers. Drive responsibly in work zones for your safety and the safety of the workers.
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